Sophomore Pedro De La Vega (Toluca, MX/Colegio Argos) again had to dig out of a tough start to his day, but to his credit, he found his stroke when needed and put together a very solid round on Tuesday. De La Vega fired a two-over 73 during the second round of the West/South Central Regional at the par 71, 6,805 yard La Paloma Golf Club.
Starting on the back-nine Tuesday, De La Vega had a rough start as he compiled four straight bogeys. After put together five straight pars to end the back-nine, he put it all together on the front-nine. He quickly began to sink birdies on holes one and two and then after a pair of pars, he drilled another birdie on hole five. He finished with pars on three of his final four holes to finish the day with a two-over 73.
Combined with his opening round 76 he has a 149 through the first two days of the regional to sit in a tie for 47th. He has done well on par-four scoring over the first two rounds holding a 4.00 average. De La Vega has 16 pars and seven birdies as well.
Cal Baptist leads the 20-team field with a 570, a shot ahead of day one leader St. Mary's. Oklahoma Christian's Cameron Brown and Holy Names' Kyle McLay are tied for the individual lead as both fired 138's. Through two rounds, 12 players are under par and one is even.
The top five teams and the top two individuals not on advancing teams will move on to the NCAA Championships in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
De La Vega will begin the third and final round of the West/South Central Regional tomorrow (Wednesday) morning beginning at 7:40 a.m. Mountain Time. He will be paired with Dominican (CA)'s Nick Rivera and Dixie State's Dalton Stanger.